Walker County businessman Ben Bius expects lawsuit abuse to be a major issue in his bid to become the new representative of state Senate District 5.

In announcing his candidacy to seek the District 5 seat Friday afternoon in front of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Bius said “one of the most important things you will hear in this race is lawsuit abuse.”

“I will fight to the end to protect the gains George W. Bush, Rick Perry and a host of other conservatives made to end lawsuit abuse,” said Bius, who will oppose state Rep. Dan Gattis of Georgetown in the March 2, 2010, Republican primary.

“My opponent in the last legislative session was the number one voter for the personal injury trial lawyers,” Bius said. “I tell everybody that I am a businessman, not a career politician or a trial lawyer, but my opponent is. I intend to attack that every day.”

Walker County is among 14 counties in the district along with Brazos, Burleson, Freestone, Grimes, Houston, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson, Trinity and Williamson.

Bius and Gattis are running for the District 5 position since current Sen. Steve Ogden of Bryan announced Sept. 10 that he is not seeking re-election in the November 2010 election.

Ogden’s term as state senator will end when his successor is sworn in on the first day of the next regular session of the Legislature in January 2011.

“This is going to be a big challenge,” Bius said of the race. “There’s no doubt about it. I have to raise a lot of money. I have to make sure everybody in this district understands my opponent’s voting record and his votes against lawsuit abuse.

“I intend to take it to him every day and because that is what a candidate does. It’s not negative advertising, it’s not negative campaigning when you run on the record. We intend to do that every day in every county in this district.”

“I intend to serve the entire senatorial district,” Bius said. “We have an opportunity on this end of the district to win this seat. We are the majority of the votes over here. We are just spread out further.”

Bius said hundreds of volunteers worked across 14 counties for the past three weeks “to make this day a reality. This is a major undertaking, a huge task.”

“We will win this campaign because of the people who put their shoulder to the wheel and rise up,” Bius said. “Steve Ogden has left some mighty big shoes to fill and I believe that I can fill them. I know I can fill them and we will fill them with your help.

“A lot of people will wonder can you win? Well, I will tell you this. I am a businessman, not a gambler. I studied this race long and hard.”

Bius said he was approached this past summer by group who said “we need a candidate who will run against a personal injury trial lawyer from Georgetown who believes he is unbeatable and has voted like he was unbeatable.”

Bius said he told the group to find someone else because “I’ve had my share of tragedies and troubles. Get back with me.”

“They came back and brought me the numbers, “ Bius said. “If we band together on the eastern end of the 5th Senatorial District we won’t become a suburb of Georgetown.

“We can have a state senator. We’ve never had a state senator in this district. When you analyze this and look at the numbers, we can win.”

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